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February 15, 2016


You could swoon away from the beauty of these things. Wish I could manage the city and the altitude, so really appreciate your artists' eyes on these wonders. Thank you!

I never could understand where and when that self-harming, self-punishing tradition came from, whether in Christianity or in other religions. I can't remember anything in the Gospels that incites such practices? And is it the Sunni or the Shia who whip themselves with chains on certain occasions? In India, what about bed of nails etc? Then there's all the human and animal sacrifice rituals. Blood, pain and death offered up as gifts to Divinity, either because one believes this is what Divinity demands, or because one wants a favour from Divinity, or because one feels so wicked, so unworthy of the Divine that extreme self-punishment is necessary. I don't get it but it's too prevalent to sweep aside. Has anyone done intensive study about this?

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.